David is on top of fundraising challenge

PEAK David Rodrigues, from Southsea, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised �5,300 for Scope
PEAK David Rodrigues, from Southsea, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised �5,300 for Scope
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AN ADVENTURER has raised more than £5,000 for charity.

David Rodrigues, of Victoria Road North, Southsea, challenged himself to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity Scope, which had suggested raising £3,000.

But the father-of-two ended up raising £5,300 for his 10-day trip.

David, 36, said: ‘The trip was fantastic.

‘It was probably the hardest physical and mentally-challenging task I have done in my life, but it was very rewarding.

‘As we were flying to Tanzania we could see the top of the mountain from the aeroplane.

‘So when I got to the top of the mountain it made me realise how high we had actually got and what a long way down it was.

‘The mountain had so many different terrains, it was amazing – some parts were like lunar landscapes.

‘Doing the final stretch of the climb was really hard.

‘It was pitch black when I set out, but once you got to the top the view was so good. It’s hard to describe.’

Over the past seven years David has raised £10,000 for various charities.